Bubble

Year: 2005
Country: USA
Running time: 73 mins
USA
Screenplay: Coleman Hough
Photography: Peter Andrews
Editor: Mary Ann Bernard
Sound: Dennis Towns
Music: Robert Pollard
M offensive language

With: Debbie Doebereiner, Dustin James Ashley, Misty Dawn Wilkins, Omar Cowan, Laurie Lee, Kyle Smith

Festivals: Venice, Toronto, New York, London 2005; Rotterdam 2006
“Traveling far from the soap-bubble glamour of Ocean’s Twelve, Steven Soderbergh proves himself, once again, to be among the most restless and inventive American filmmakers working today. Bubble, shot on high-definition video in a small town near the Ohio–West Virginia border, is a dour slice of realism with a lean, true-crime feel. Using a nonprofessional, local cast and a subtle, efficient script by Coleman Hough, Soderbergh constructs a tale of jealousy and claustrophobia involving three doll-factory workers… The movie is absorbing and unnerving, and represents an admirable attempt on Soderbergh’s part to shake off standard Hollywood clichés about provincial American life and use the movie camera to discover what – and who – is really out there.” — A.O. Scott, NY Times

“Completely gripping in its unassuming ordinariness… There is narrative nourishment here: a real story, from real life. And Soderbergh has given us a ringside seat. This is an exhilarating movie, and a triumph for this nimble and imaginative director.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian